Pelosi Hints She Will Air Gingrich Ethics Past, Forced to Clarify Statement

Posted: Dec 05, 2011 9:37 PM

Well, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is finally going to be transparent about something: Newt Gingrich's ethics investigation.  She gave the following scoop to TPM:

But when TPM asked her to talk a bit about his recent ascent and the possibility that he’ll be the GOP nominee, she mostly demurred.

“I like Barney Frank’s quote the best, where he said ‘I never thought I’d live such a good life that I would see Newt Gingrich be the nominee of the Republican party,’” Pelosi said in an exclusive interview Friday. “That quote I think spoke for a lot of us.”

Pelosi didn’t go into detail about Gingrich’s past transgressions, but she tipped her hand. “One of these days we’ll have a conversation about Newt Gingrich,” Pelosi said. “I know a lot about him. I served on the investigative committee that investigated him, four of us locked in a room in an undisclosed location for a year. A thousand pages of his stuff.”

Pelosi's spokesperson has since clarified to TPM that the former speaker was talking about public records, after Gingrich said that she would be violating the ethics rules herself.